Gerald “Gerry” Rafftery, age 91, of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away at home on February 9, 2015, with family by his side.
Gerry was born May 20, 1923, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated with a journalism degree from Macalester College. On July 3, 1948 he was united in marriage to Eleanor Olson at St. Luke’s in St. Paul, MN.
Gerry began working in Fargo in 1950 with the Associated Press. Shortly thereafter he joined the staff at The Fargo Forum until his retirement in 1986. Over the years he served in a number of capacities such as sports writer, outdoor writer, wire editor, and Sunday editor. He wrote a fishing column for more than 20 years. Gerry was a charter member of Muskies, Inc. and was inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame in 1983. Gerry was also a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Gerry is preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; and brothers, James and Donald. He is survived by his son Gerry Rafftery (Cher), of White Bear Lake; and daughters Ellen Tillman (Jim) of Fargo, and Jan Kahnke (Jerome) of St. Paul. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren (Shannon, Megan, Derek, Trevor, Ben, Sarah, Taylor and Mackenzie), and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society, or donor’s choice.